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Friday, May 22, 2009

Teenager Who Auctioned Her Virginity for $14k May Lose Half to Tax Man

Daily Mail: Teen Who Auctioned Her Virginity for £8,000 May Lose Half... Because Prostitutes in Germany Are Taxed at 50% of Earnings:

Tax authorities in Germany are poised to claim 50% of the money that a teenage student earned for 'auctioning' her virginity because they claim it was "tantamount to prostitution."

Romanian-born Alina Percea, who is a student in Germany, was paid £8,800 [$13,827] in cash for a weekend of sex with the Italian businessman after she auctioned her virginity online. But tax officials in Berlin regard the 18-year-old's act as "nothing more than prostitution." Prostitution is legal in Germany -- but it is heavily taxed. ...

It also emerged that, because Alina earned so much in such a short time, she may even be liable for a hefty VAT bill too. VAT in Germany works out to 19%, meaning the sale of her virginity could land her with just over £3,000 in the end.

(Hat Tip: Gregg Benson.)

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$3,000 is still more than I got for mine, sadly.

Posted by: Tim | May 22, 2009 2:13:39 PM

My virginity was only worth a six-pack of beer and a ride home.

Posted by: Sarah | May 22, 2009 2:41:06 PM

Leading inevitably to the question, what is the basis in your virginity? She obviously needs a tax advisor (and perhaps, a priest) . . .

Posted by: mike livingston | May 22, 2009 2:43:08 PM

Let me tell you how it will be,
There’s one for you, nineteen for me,
‘Cos I’m the Taxman,
Yeah, I’m the Taxman.
Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don’t take it all.
‘Cos I’m the Taxman,
Yeah yeah, I’m the Taxman.

(If you drive a car), I’ll tax the street,
(If you try to sit), I’ll tax your seat,
(If you get too cold), I’ll tax the heat,
(If you ummm, you know) I'll tax your ****

Posted by: JayC | May 22, 2009 2:44:44 PM

She got screwed.

Posted by: John | May 22, 2009 2:50:30 PM

That just confirms what we all already knew--that the government is the highest priced call girl in the game.

Posted by: tim maguire | May 22, 2009 3:01:01 PM

I guess the state is into sloppy seconds here.

Posted by: Carl Pham | May 22, 2009 3:07:49 PM

Sounds to me like the government is the biggest pimp around.

Posted by: Jason | May 22, 2009 3:22:53 PM

That just confirms what we all already knew--that the government is the highest priced call girl in the game.

Don't you mean pimp?

Posted by: edh` | May 22, 2009 3:22:53 PM

That would put being in government as "tantamount to pimping".

Posted by: ray manning | May 22, 2009 3:58:23 PM

Could she take a "wear and tear" depreciation and save some of those taxes?

Posted by: BlogDog | May 22, 2009 4:06:11 PM

So, the German gov't is the majority stakeholder in prostitution to the tune of (ironically) 69%.

Well played, Germans.

Posted by: Looking closely | May 22, 2009 4:07:03 PM

Correction John @2:50, the German government here is the pimp.

Posted by: Baba Ganoush | May 22, 2009 4:25:07 PM

Did she get dinner with that?

Posted by: M. Simon | May 22, 2009 4:25:09 PM

K, this is imputed income (See Philly Amusement Park) so her basis is zero. Also in this country, she'd be in jail...

Posted by: UF law 2010er | May 22, 2009 4:25:21 PM

No, the government isn't the call girl. There's a name for the guy who walks away with most of the whore's money.

Posted by: Self-hating Boomer | May 22, 2009 4:27:50 PM

If selling her virginity makes her a prostitute, then taxing it at 50%+ makes the German government her pimp.

Posted by: Carl Metropolitan | May 22, 2009 4:40:02 PM

The government is a pimp. And if the workers don't pay up, they get the back of the hand.

Posted by: CJS | May 22, 2009 4:47:41 PM

Can't she claim a depletion allowance?

Posted by: viktor | May 22, 2009 8:26:53 PM

Looks like she lost her virginity in more ways then one.

Posted by: Baronger | May 22, 2009 9:49:24 PM

This is the same Germany that forces women on unemployment to take "sex worker" jobs or lose benefits?

Posted by: KBK | May 22, 2009 10:42:06 PM

Tax authorities in Germany are poised to claim 50% of the money that a teenage student earned for 'auctioning' her virginity because they claim it was "tantamount to prostitution."

Auctioning off a chance to have sexy with you isn't "tantamount" to prostitution; it IS prostitution.

Posted by: Stephen | May 22, 2009 11:26:20 PM

Is the Bundestag gonna have to cut a bitch?

Posted by: Some Guy | May 22, 2009 11:57:39 PM

"There's a name for the guy who walks away with most of the whore's money."

The German head of government is a woman. What's the name for the gal who walks away with most of the whore's money? (I'll bet that when the taker is a gal, the name isn't as low class and derogatory as when it's a guy. Feminists call that a "victory for women.")

Posted by: Micha Elyi | May 23, 2009 12:25:32 AM

"... in the end"?

That's a little more detail than we need here.

"...de tail"?

It never stops, does it?

Posted by: Will | May 23, 2009 1:55:36 PM

Well, the hoor should have known better and charged three times as much. She needed a higher reserve on ebay.

Posted by: kentuckyliz | May 23, 2009 4:09:40 PM

Good on the gummint...way to keep the pimp hand strong.

Taxes are a bitch slap.

Posted by: kentuckyliz | May 23, 2009 4:10:48 PM